How do they put trains on???

Friday, August 24, 2001 5:27 PM
How do they put trains on?
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Friday, August 24, 2001 5:59 PM
Do a search for "Transfer track" :)
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Friday, August 24, 2001 6:04 PM
The track simply moves to the side write before the station
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Friday, August 24, 2001 6:26 PM
The additional trains are kept in a storage shed, usually next to or close to the station.  The final brake section is usually known as "transfer track"...using a button on the ride operator's console, this section of track separates from the rest of the coaster's welded track and slides over to the side, next to the storage shed.  Inside this shed, additional trains are kept on short sections of track.  The transfer track lines up with the shed track and the trains are rolled onto the transfer track and the train is braked.  The transfer track then slides back into the configuration of the main ride's track, the brakes are released, and the train rolls happily into the station.  The entire process usually takes about 15 minutes (I saw it once done on Medusa at SFGAdv) and then they must perform a few test runs to make sure everything's okay.  Hope this answers your question!

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Friday, August 24, 2001 6:54 PM
Transfer tracks are cool. I've always wanted to see them do it on an older woodie like Big Dipper- SFWoA.
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Friday, August 24, 2001 7:04 PM
I've got to see the process on AC many times, and Alpengeist once. I always wanted to see it on BBW because the track flips on a large gear instead of the typical sliding for most tracks. I thought it would be different.
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Friday, August 24, 2001 7:12 PM
In http://www.coasterbuzz.com/forums/thread.asp?ForumD=11&TopicD=12689 I gave an explanation of Shockwave (SFGAm.)

"For the transfer track on Shockwave (and I'm sure the other 2 Arrow megalooper triplets) all of the trains go around the track empty, until one is stopped in the station, and the other 2 on the brake runs (accually, I wasn't paying attention, but one might be stopped on the midcourse, also. I don't know if the final brake run is long enough to have 2 blocks.)

Then train which is to be removed is slowly rolled out of the station on train length, immediatly before it would dip down, turn, and climb the lift. That whole section of track the begins moving to the right to one of the 3 side tracks, and the train is then rolled backwards onto it. The movable track is then moved left where it then realigns with the main circut. The reverse is done to put a train on the track (well, it doesn't take a genius to figure that out.)
It is an interesting experience to watch, but you only need to see it once. I have been in the station when they did this once, but I have no desire to watch it again. It is a slow process, and makes you sit there and wait for them to finish the job, all while watching a few empty trains go in and out of the station."

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Friday, August 24, 2001 7:14 PM
I've seen the process at dueling dragons alot.
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Friday, August 24, 2001 7:20 PM
RollrCoaster00....in case you mean literally putting them on the track, they usually keep the underside wheels off so they can simply sit them on. The upstops are then re-attached.This is also the process when a train "valleys" (gets stuck somewhere along the course), though in reverse order and less pleasant :)

Also, what is that signature from??? Kinda funny though it makes no sense.....
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Friday, August 24, 2001 7:37 PM
I have seen this being performed on Goliath's when I was right next to the transfer track while in line, in line for DL's Space Mountain, and Psyclone. It was pretty cool. I really wanna see them do it on X or Riddlers.
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Friday, August 24, 2001 7:38 PM
I've  seen  the process  on  S:ROS  a   few  times. At  least  all  they  gotta  do  is  just  slide  the  track  over, throw  the  friction  drive  in  reverse  and then  slide  back  to  the main  track  and  there  you  have  it . One  less  train  on  the active  track.
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Friday, August 24, 2001 9:00 PM
ARROW GUY, its from the Simpsons

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Friday, August 24, 2001 9:31 PM
On the Hoosier Hurricane and CornBall Express at IB there are 4 small sections, aligned with the wheels, that can be taken out of the track near the brake run. The trains, all wheels intact, are hoisted by crane onto the track one at a time then linked together.
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Friday, August 24, 2001 9:33 PM
But how do they actually place the trains on the track to begin with? They remove the upstop and place it on top? but do they they lower it on car by car or full train? do they use a crane?

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Saturday, August 25, 2001 1:05 AM
Batwing SFA, I'm just curious.  Why do you say one LESS train on the active track.  Could it be...your home park?...   LOL 

P.S. Loved Batwing, hated the wait time.

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Saturday, August 25, 2001 1:18 AM
they do it fast on Space Mountain at DL
one of the trains goes out onto the transfer track, the car moves foward, and the transfer track moves back into place
this all happens in about 10 seconds
they have to take all the trains off the track and put them back on every time they get stacked

*** This post was edited by Wackokid on 8/25/2001. ***

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Saturday, August 25, 2001 6:12 AM

bigkirby said:
"Transfer tracks are cool. I've always wanted to see them do it on an older woodie like Big Dipper- SFWoA."

Or you could stop by Kennywood. The Jack Rabbit uses a simple method of just pushing the train onto the transfer tracks. I like watching the Thunderbolt better.

All the crew (about 3 or 4 people) gets together to help out. One train stops on the brake run, while a few people either pull the extra train from underneath the control "tower" and next to the loading area, or push it back in there, depending if they want to add or a remove a train. Once the transfer track is pushed over by a team member, they can pull the *heavy* train from its resting spot. It is then pulled back to the point right before the transfer track. Someone holds the train back so it doesn't move forward, until the transfer track is pushed over to the side.

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Saturday, August 25, 2001 6:49 AM
I've always wanted to see a transfer on any coaster, but mostly Iron Dragon.  I think it would be cool to see it roll down or climb up onto the track.

Also to see a train put onto the track or taken off after it rolled back.

P.S.  Nina your name speaks the truth!

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Saturday, August 25, 2001 10:25 AM

Coastin Carl said:
But how do they actually place the trains on the track to begin with? They remove the upstop and place it on top? but do they they lower it on car by car or full train? do they use a crane?

Yes, the photo's that I've seen of the operation have shown them using a small crane to flace the trains on the track.

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